About His Life
was born in Norwich,
England on October 19, 1946.
father (who died when he was young) and step-father were in the Royal Air Force, and thus he traveled a great deal and lived
in England, Zimbabwe,
and Australia before his family settled in North
was very influential in his life, and influenced his desire to be a storyteller.
were young he would tell his brother stories to amuse him, but mostly for his own sake—he loved telling stories out
loud and feels that it was his preparation for becoming a writer.
everything he could get his hands on when he was young, from classic literature to horror novels. His favorite book as a child was The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay.
Batman and Superman comics, and fell in love with them. Comics were quite influential
for him. He says in a self written memoir “When one day my stepfather brought
me Superman comic, it changed my life” (Pullman, n.d.).
Oxford University in Oxford,
England where he studied English.
He was the
first member of his family to attend University.
he worked some odd jobs including one in a man’s clothing shop and in a library.
He got married
to a teacher and decided to become one himself.
at various Oxford Middle Schools, and then at Westminster College
in 1986, where he stayed for eight years.
He is still
married and has two sons.
He writes 3 pages a day, regardless of whether he feels has
more or less than that to write. If he has more than three pages of material
in his head, he stops himself and it’s easier to write the next day!
About His Books
Philip Pullman has a varied
body of work ranging from children’s picture books to young adult books that include short novels which he calls “fairy
tales” to historical thriller and mythological journeys.
One of his children’s
books, Clockwork, was turned into a children’s opera and performed in England.
The His Dark Materials trilogy of The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife,
and The Amber Spyglass is his most famous.
It is a young adult fantasy trilogy—although Pullman has said it
isn’t fantasy but “stark realism”.
The Golden Compass, the first book in the trilogy, was published first in England
as Northern Lights. A publisher’s
error renamed it The Golden Compass and it was too late to change it, so it became
the American title.
The Golden Compass won the 1996 Carnegie Medal, which is analogous to the Newberry Award in the U.S.
The Amber Spyglass won the 2001 Whitbread Award for Best Book of the Year.
This is a very prestigious prize handed out in England,
and this was the first children’s title to ever win Book of the Year.
His Dark Materials has been turned into a very successful stage play in London,
and New Line Cinema has a movie version—most likely a trilogy as well—in the works.